Match Reports

Raheny (Group 1) V Beann Eadair

 Venue:            St. Anne's, Pitch 12a
 Throw In: 10:00
 No. of Raheny Teams: 2
 No. of Opponent Teams: 2
 Weather:Sunny and bright.

Raheny Green

Report By: Kieran Doherty

Mentors: Kieran Doherty, Paul Nolan and John Strain

Squad: Luke Morgan, Mathew Dowdall, Joseph Doherty, John Broderick, Jamie Nolan, Max Osborne, Dylan Strain, Joe Bonar and Tiarnán O Brien.

The Raheny Green team hosted 2 teams from their near neighbours, Beann Eadair, this morning in a blustery St Anne's Park.

The Raheny boys started the first match in confident mood but it was the visitors who broke the deadlock at the mid-point of the first half with a wind assisted puck out from their goalkeeper which bounced just once before crossing the Raheny goal line. The Raheny boys re-grouped from that unlucky set back and pilled on the pressure but despite many close attempts, particularly from John Broderick, Jamie Nolan and Tiarnán O'Brien, the opposition goal led a charmed life and there were no further scores.

The second match was another tight affair. Strong midfield play from Joseph Doherty and some confident strikes in defence from Dylan Strain and Luke Morgan meant that Joe Bonar had a very quiet time in goal. At the other end, Matthew Dowdall had some good strikes at the visitors' goal but without any success. Good play from both sides could not break the deadlock ant the match finished scoreless.

Raheny Red

Report by: Kevin Fitzpatrick.

Mentors: Donni Rossi & Kevin Fitzpatrick.

Squad: Martin Bishop, Adam Robinson, Ordhran Carmody, Ultan Fitzpatrick, Cathal Shovlin, Finn Brassil and Max Osbourne

The Raheny Red team took to the field to face a familiar foe in Beann Eadair.  The Team were missing a few of their regular boys so were supported by the addition of Max Osbourne and Finn Brassil.

The boys opened at a fast pace moving the sliotar quickly towards the opposition goal repeatedly.  The long puc out from Beann Eadair was quickly moved up the field from the back line to the forwards.  The team moved 4 goals ahead in the first five minutes due to a fantastic display of hurling skills and teamwork.  Martin and Finn both found the net with Cathal scoring twice.  Beann Eadair pulled back in the second half of the game but the Red team worked hard and maintained their lead to win by a goal. 

In the second game, the back line had to deal with a series of long puc outs landing in front of the goal.  Max Osbourne was solid in goal and was aided by superb defending from Adam and Ultan. The defence repeatedly turned the attack around and fed long ball to the forwards.  Se put in a great display in tackling as he continually broke up the oppositions play and won ball for the team.  Ordhran found his form in this game, dominating in mid field and scoring from a long powerful strike from the centre line.  Cathal also found the net with Max Osbourne acting as play maker in the forward line once he came out of goal.  The boys won this game with a final scoreline of 2-1.

The boys showed great progress and team spirit over the last few months.  As they will be playing as part of a new team from next the Red Team mentors would like to thank them for all the fun and exciting Saturday mornings they have given us.  

St. Peregrines V Raheny (Group 2)

 Venue:Blakestown Road
 Throw In: 11:30
 No. of Raheny Teams: 2
 No. of  Host Teams: 2
 Weather:Wet, windy, and dull

Raheny Orange

Report By: Niall Watters

Mentors: Niall Watters & Tony Lawless

Squad: Jack Codd, Colin McAweeney, Conor Watters, Matt Lawless, Sam Mitchell, Adam Roberts, Jamie Ward & Brian Murray

 This was the final time that this Raheny Orange team will be together before they are split up into new teams from the Under 8 Panel. Like our previous weeks in Hurling, we came away from St. Peregrines without losing a game. 

On the day, we won the first and drew the second. In the first game, there was outstanding puck outs from Adam Roberts, which almost sailed into the goal mouth. Adam also was roll lifting the sliotar up when clearing in goals and making great big pucks out. Sam Mitchell and Jamie Ward were busy in midfield, tackling, marking up and getting the sliotar up to the forwards. Jack Codd (current player of the week) was immense in defence, with great clearances and outstanding positional sense.He was ably assisted by Matt Lawless, who took most of our frees and sideline cuts - Matt was very close to scoring a point from a great ground strike. Up front, Conor Watters was great in the 'hole' between the midfield and the forwards: he was collecting the ball, dribbling and making big strikes on goal as well as passes to the forwards, Our two forwards were great: Brian Murray was on to every ball and Colin McAweeney was our star striker, with all three goals to Peregrine's one.

The second game was a much tighter affair and ended in a draw. Again, Brian and Colin were excellent up front with both scoring a goal a piece. Brian's goal was well deserved after the great effort he put in up front all day. Again, Conor Watters was the link man from midfield to forwards, with some great wing play and passes and shots to the box. Jamie and Sam were busy as usual in midfield. Sam had to overcome a few bumps and a bad winding, but he soldiered on as only Sam can. Adam was again great in goal, saving and pucking out. Matt was the 'playmaker', working out of defence and into midfield and was all over the back and midfield areas of the pitch. Jack was again super in defence, a very dependable force in the team. 

Overall, well done Raheny Orange, you did yourselves, the team and the club proud (not to mention the auld parents). After eight hurling games since February, it was six won, two drawn and not one loss, great stuff lads, well done.

Raheny Blue

Report By: Padraig Kent 

Mentors: Conor Pitts, Padraig Kent & Tony O'Grady .

Squad: Dan O'Grady, James Pitts, Ryan Kent, Oscar Thomas, Luke Kelly, Johnny Baldwin and Cormac Baldwin.

The Blue crew were received by Peregrines on Saturday morning. The weather was not for the faint hearted, though it didn’t cost the our lads a thought. Our first competition was against a very competent group most notably able to lift the ball with sliced ground strikes. The first half was most notable for some fierce tackling.  With Luke and Dan out playing boys who were physically much bigger than they, showing great skill when they had possession and fearless tenacity when they didn’t. Dan showed text book examples of how to get in close to the opposition preventing them from striking himself or the sliotar. Pressure on the Blue goal was relentless in the first half and James did a fine job with only one score sneaking past his line. It was obvious to see he has been working hard on his Puc Outs.  Oscar Did a great job in defence with some great tackles. We may have to look at his hurl’s length as it got caught on the turf more than once as he cleared the sliotar up the pitch. Overall this young man gave no quarter to the opposition. The second half was a  more open encounter with both teams successfully getting on the score sheet. Cormac again showed some excellent skills with 2 goals to his tally and from fine strikes. Luke also grabbed one for his team. The game was a very even competition which was finally reflected in the 3 all final score.

In the break, Coach O’Grady emphasised that we needed to get in close to the opposition in our tackles, using our shoulders in the clash, to prevent the opposition from striking the sliotar properly or ourselves in their enthusiasm. Coach Kent agreed and remarked that sticking a hurl into a melee of flaying hurls like a poker was a recipe forsore fingers.  Game 2 saw the blue crew heed this advice with again excellent tackles.  It must be said that Johnny showed excellent skills and work rate when he moved to mid-field, chasing every opportunity.  Ryan found himself in the forward line for this encounter and showed great promise.  Dan was once again outstanding in his commitment and Cormac somehow managed to grab another goal to lift his tally for the day to 3.